The Problem with Math Is English

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Authors: Concepcion Molina, Joni Wackwitz (editorial support)

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• Published: 2012    • 304 pages   

Published by Jossey-Bass in partnership with SEDL, The Problem with Math Is English illustrates how students often understand fundamental mathematical concepts at a superficial level. Written to inspire aha moments, the book enables teachers to help students identify and comprehend the nuances and true meaning of math concepts by exploring them through the lenses of language and symbolism. Using this perspective, the author delves into such essential topics as multiplication, division, fractions, place value, proportional reasoning, graphs, slope, order of operations, and the distributive property.

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